One day when our group was playing and chattering there
came a blood-curdling scream. We were all started. The scream came again.
I beckoned everybody to gather close and we all crowded around, rather
closely and peered about nervously. Everyone was silent. We were all
very scared. Suddenly the park where we were playing vanished and in
view came a witch’s den. We know the place because skeletons were
hung around, skulls were placed here and there and that there was a
musty small around the place, which reminded us of witches. Then came
the blood-curdling scream again. We ran here and there and were very
shattered. Then came the witch herself in view. I knew at once who this
was, let me describe her for you and see if you can guess. She didn’t
have hair on her head but snakes. If anybody looked into her eyes they
would turn to stone. Her face was scarred with blood. If you can’t
guess, it’s Medusa!
I shouted to everybody. Don’t look into her eyes. They will turn
you into stone. Medusa was furious. How do you know my secret? Well,
I will have you all for supper except her, she
pointed at me. You will be my servant and carry these children and throw
them on the fire to burn, she said. Do you obey me? She screamed. I
cowered my head and said – Yes, Your Majesty! But there was a
dread filled inside me. These were my friends who were going to be slaughtered,
who had played with me for nearly 5 years. The witch, however, seemed
pleased by the way I had called her Your Majesty. She said- I will eat
these children tomorrow as I’ve eaten a lot and I’m full.
She clicked her hands and there all my friends were crowded in the cage.
This is your last night, she said, pointing to my friends and cackling.
You can stay with your friends. And she went away.
My friends did not move. They were petrified. I said –Come on.
I have a plan. You people will have to know this secret. A few days
ago I found a magic stone which will obey any command I give I said
ignoring the gaping faces of my friends. I’ve got it here and
I’ll free you now. I said the words- Magic Stone, please free
my friends and me and let us all be in the park where we were all playing.
And we all found ourselves in the park. We jumped with joy and everybody
crowded around me and hugged me.
Well, that’s the end but you all must know that “We”
are glad you read this story.
( 2 March 2003 )